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[proh-too-buh-reyt, -tyoo-, pruh-]
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verb (used without object), pro·tu·ber·at·ed, pro·tu·ber·at·ing.
  1. to bulge out, forming a rounded projection.

Origin of protuberate

1570–80; < Late Latin prōtūberātus, past participle of prōtūberāre. See protuberant, -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • The panier with which it pleases the ladies of the period to protuberate their persons was of Chinese origin.

    Punchinello Vol. II., No. 30, October 22, 1870


British Dictionary definitions for protuberate


  1. (intr) rare to swell out or project from the surrounding surface; bulge out
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